The folks at Android Police were examining the code of a recent update to Google’s ARCore app (which enables augmented reality experiences on Android devices), and spotted two fishy-sounding codenames for devices that haven’t yet been officially announced.
Google has been using fish-themed codenames for Nexus and Pixel devices for years.
The two names spotted in the ARCore code were Bonito and Sargo.
We’ve heard of Bonito before — this summer there was a rumor that Google would release three Pixel phones this year instead of two. Bonito was expected to be a mid-range model with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor.
If Google’s still using the Bonito name, that could be an indication that a mid-range Pixel is still under development… or that we were wrong all along about what Bonito was.
Sargo is a bit more mysterious. Maybe it’s yet another Pixel phone. Maybe it’s a tablet. Maybe it’s something else. Or maybe it’s not even a Google-branded device. Just because Google uses fish-themed code names doesn’t mean that third-party device makers are prohibited from doing so.